Medicine Murder: The Debates of the Late 1940s

Murray Colin and Sanders Peter

in Medicine Murder in Colonial Lesotho

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622849
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652952 | DOI:
Medicine Murder: The Debates of the Late 1940s

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This chapter outlines the ebb and flow of often agonised debate about the causes of the apparently ‘startling increase’ in medicine murder in the late 1940s. It considers chiefs, politicians and police; Sir Evelyn Baring, the High Commissioner in South Africa; the chieftainship and the question of incorporation. Whatever the causes, there was no abatement of the crisis. In November 1948 Chiefs Bereng and Gabashane were found guilty and sentenced to death for the murder of 'Meleke Ntai. In June 1949 'Mamakhabane was hanged, the first Ward Chief and the first woman to be executed for medicine murder.

Keywords: South Africa; Sir Evelyn Baring; chieftainship; medicine murder; Chief Bereng; Chief Gabashane; 'Meleke Ntai; 'Mamakhabane

Chapter.  15055 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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